People need to stand up for themselves. As a woman, I haven’t worried all that much about salary discrimination. I know my worth as a criminal defense attorney, and I know what the going rates are. I don’t charge less just because I am a female.
When I looked online today for interesting blog subjects I came across this article on the Forbes website:
“Understanding the Big Picture
According to the latest U.S. Census figures, the typical American woman working at least 35 hours a week, year-round, earned 77.1% of what the typical American man did. What’s more alarming is that the number hasn’t changed much since 2001, and since then has ranged from 75.2% to 77.8%.
That amounts to a yearly wage gap of $11,607 between full-time working men and women. And for women of color, the wage gap is larger. African American women are paid, on average, 64 cents, and Latinas are paid just 54 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men (here’s the state-by-state breakdown). What’s worse is that once women are paid poorly, usually because they don’t negotiate a better salary, the cycle of being paid less continues over a lifetime.”
For me, this post isn’t simply about salary equality, its’ also about taking control, doing the research, and finding the right mentors to back you up. Yes, it is important for women who have the same job description to be paid the same as men, but if you read the entire article, this particular women was just so excited to be offered the position that she didn’t ask any of the right questions, nor did she do her due diligence and research the cost of living in the area where she accepted the new position.
When people run into trouble with the law, the same kind of situation often occurs. They are intimidated, they don’t ask the right questions, and they don’t take the time to find an attorney that really knows criminal law.
So if you run into one of these situations, make sure you have someone there who will ask the right questions and shine light on the facts that need to be seen. Call me, Brook L. Butler and I will make sure you are well represented.
Brook Butler, Esq.
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